2018 Chevrolet Traverse Red Line Edition 

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Red Line Edition 

Written By : Tommy Zondervan 

Photographs by : Kate Boekholder

Here we have the brand the newly re-designed 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Red Line Edition.  There has been a few models in the Chevrolet line up that was in need of a redesigned and this for sure was one of them.  One of the top selling mid size 3rd row vehicles the Traverse has been falling behind with all the modern technology and drivers convenience.  

Above you can see the difference in the two.  Left is a 2017 model and the right is the newly re-designed 2018 model.  You can see significant amount of difference in the two.  First of you can see the longer wheel base.  This allowed more passenger leg room and as well you can see the back end of the vehicle with more headroom.    

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Lot's of new interior features has been added.  Continuing with 4G LTE wifi, Onstar and Satellite Radio.  Big addition to the redesigned is the Apple Car Play/Android Auto smartphone pairing.  This has been such a popular and very convenient feature that you can plug in tour phone in the USB slot and have a window image on approved apps on the screen of the vehicle.  Biggest app is your map.  Apple uses Apple maps where Android Google maps.  This is standard on all models.  

The model we test drove is the 3LT Redline edition.  Well equipped with all your bells and whistle.  Added many features that other manufactures offers including surround vision camera, standard keyless entry with push start, Standard 7-inch radio system (8-inch on Convenience Package), twi-zone climate control, 4.2-inch drivers informational screen, forward collision warning, blind side detection, back up camera, lane assist, adaptive cruise control, front pedestrian detection, following distance indicator to name a few.  The base models do come well equipped.  One of my favorite is the wireless charging pad.  This has been a features thats been in several other models but NOW for those you have a iPhone Plus and larger Android phones it now fits!  

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Increase in 2nd and 3rd seating.  Passenger side 2nd row seat folds up making it easier to get in and out from the 3rd row seating.  No more squeezing in between the middle captains seats.  2nd row bench is standard on the LS models and higher trims you'll get the split second row.  Tri-zone automatic climate control is standard on all models.  Several USB charging stations including 1 120v 3 prong.  

Increase cabin space and more cargo room with 3rd row seat up than the Tahoe.  In rear you have a deep storage compartment where you can store good amount of items including 3 basketballs easily.  On both ends there remove the screws and your spare tire is located directly under it.  

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Comes in two engines.  a 2.0L 4cyl Turbo 255hp with averaging 20 city/25 hwy or a 3.6L V6 310hp averaging 18 city/27 hwy.  The 3.6L you can get in a awd.  Vehicle this big I would personally go with the larger engine.  3.6L is only one available to be able to tow up to 5000 pounds with trailer package.  

I really like all the cosmetic changes made interior and exterior.  You can certainly see and feel the difference.  Rides very well, quiet and most importantly plenty of room for all.  This is a Redline Edition with limited amount being made.  Make sure to visit your nearest dealer for more information.  

Like to thank Scoggin Dickey Chevrolet for the opportunity to spend some time with the newly re-designed 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Redline Edition.  

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2018 CHEVROLET TRAVERSE SPECIFICATIONS

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

City

3.6L FWD: 18
3.6L AWD: 17
2.0L: 20 (FWD – GM-est.)

Highway

3.6L FWD: 27
3.6L AWD: 25
2.0L: 25 (FWD – GM-est.)

 

FUEL TANK CAPACITY (gallons / liters)

19.4 / 73 (FWD)
21.7 / 82 (AWD_

 

ENGINES

 

3.6L DOHC direct injection

Bore & stroke
(in / mm):

3.74 x 3.37 / 95 x 85.8

Block material:

Cast aluminum w/ cast-in-place iron bore liners

Cylinder head material:

Cast aluminum

Valvetrain:

Dual-overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, continuous variable valve timing

Fuel delivery:

Direct, high-pressure fuel injection with electronic throttle control

Horsepower
(hp / kW @ rpm):

310 / 231 @ 6800

Torque
(lb.-ft./ Nm @ rpm):

266 / 360 @ 2800

 

2.0L turbo DOHC DI

Bore & stroke
(in / mm):

3.39 x 3.39 / 86 x 86

Block material:

Cast aluminum w/ cast-in-place iron bore liners

Cylinder head material:

Cast aluminum

Valvetrain:

Dual-overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, continuous variable valve timing

Fuel delivery:

Direct, high-pressure fuel injection with electronic throttle control

Horsepower
(hp @ rpm):

255 / 190 @ 5500 (est.)

Torque
(lb.-ft./ Nm @ rpm):

295 / 400 @ 3000 (est.)

 

TRANSMISSION & AXLE

Type:

Hydra-Matic 9T65 nine-speed automatic (3.6L and 2.0L)

Final Drive Ratio:

3.49 (3.6L and 2.0L)

 

CHASSIS & SUSPENSION

Front Suspension:

MacPherson strut independent with hydraulic control arm ride bushing and hollow stabilizer bar

Rear Suspension:

Five-link independent with auxiliary spring aids and hollow stabilizer bar

Steering Type:

Electric variable-effort power steering with Active Return Assist

Turning Circle
(ft. / m):

39 / 11.9

Brake Type:

Four-wheel-disc, variable brake system with power assist; Duralife brake rotors and low-drag brake calipers

Brake Rotor Size
(in / mm):

TBD

Wheel Size:

18-in. aluminum (L, LS, LT Cloth)
20-in. aluminum (LT Leather, RS, Premier and High Country)

Tire Size:

P225/65R18 ALS
P255/55R20 ALS

 

EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase (in. / mm):

120.9 / 3071

Overall Length
(in. / mm):

204.3 / 5189

Overall Width
(in. / mm):

78.6 / 1996

Overall Height
(in. / mm):

70.7 / 1795

Track (in. mm):

67.3 / 1709 (front)
67 / 1702 (rear)

 

INTERIOR DIMENSIONS & CARGO VOLUME

Headroom (in / mm):

front: 41.3 / 1049 (without sunroof)
2nd row: 40 / 1016 (without sunroof)
3rd row: 38.2 / 970

Legroom (in. / mm):

front: 41 / 1042
2nd row: 39 / 990
3rd row: 33.5 / 850

Max Cargo Volume (cu. ft. / L):

23 / 651 (behind third row)
58.1 /1645 (behind second row, third row folded)
98.2 / 2781 (second and third rows folded)

 

WEIGHTS & CAPACITIES

Curb Weight
(lb. / kg):

4362 / 1978 (base)

EPA passenger volume (cu. ft. / L):

157.3 / 4454

Trailering Capacity
(lb. / kg):

5000 / 2268 (3.6L with avail. trailering pkg.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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